Ancient sites stage free music and theatre by moonlight.
August full moon has now become a traditional time for cultural events across Greece and the Geek Islands and this year is no exception. On August 10 this year, museums and ancient sites right across the country will stay open to midnight offering free tours, events and performances staged beneath the romantic full moon of a warm August night.
This is the fourth year that August full moon events have been thrown open to all with cultural sites offering music shows, theatrical performances and guided tours, under the moonlit skies.
More than 110 free events and late-night openings have been promised at archaeological sites and museums across Greece and the Greek Islands this year giving holiday visitors the opportunity to enjoy the harvest moon in some of the most important historical and heritage sites of ancient Greece.
Events will be staged at several archaeological sites and museums in Athens, the Cyclades, the islands of Aegean as well as Delphi among others.
Top of the list is the a performance of music from opera in the Acropolis Museum in Athens performed by the Hellenic Air Force Band, but this is only one of many across the country.
Most museums in Greece will participate in the celebrations with free admission to historic sites from 9 pm onwards and many will stay open until midnight.
The Greek Islands will be playing their part in the celebrations. On Crete there is poetry at Heraklion Archaeological Museum Theatre while Knossos Palace opens until 1am. Near Chania, the Aptera, Apodoulos and Rokka archaeological sites will stage music evenings.
In the Cyclades islands are musical events on Kea, Kimolos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos and Paros while Antiparos, Ios, Santorini, Sifnos and Tinos stage poetry readings.
Poems and music too in the North Aegean with moonlight readings at historic sites on Ikaria, Samos, Lesvos and Chios while the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes, Kalymnos and Patmos all stage musical evenings.
In the Ionian, celebrations will be led on Corfu with a music, theatre and poetry performances in Kerkyra Old Castle under the August full moon. The events are a great way to advertise the many historic sights in Greece and the Greek Islands.
Holiday visitors can not only enjoy the performances but can also soak up the romantic atmosphere of wandering through ancient sights on a warm August night with the August full moon in its full glory.